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West Clare Gaels Ladies Football Champions

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Ladies Football


by Jackie Cahill


WEST Clare Gaels captured the Tesco All-Ireland Intermediate Ladies club

football title in Nenagh on Sunday thanks to a comfortable 3-9 to 0-8

victory against St Conleth's.  West Clare Gaels suffered a

heart-breaking All-Ireland junior final defeat in 2007 but atoned for

that loss in style with an impressive ten-point victory against their

Laois opponents at Nenagh's MacDonagh Park. Katie Geoghegan, Niamh

Lardner and experienced Clare county star Majella Griffin were the

scoring stars on a famous day for the club as 15-year-old Shauna Harvey

claimed the player of the match award on the back of an outstanding



West Clare Gaels, playing with the aid of a first half breeze, were

always in control of this game and led all the way after Leanne Lynch

opened the scoring with a point from play.  At half-time, West Clare

Gaels led by 1-6 to 0-2 and the goal was scored by Lardner six minutes

before half-time, following an inspirational run from defence by Sinead



Early in the second half, West Clare Gaels were awarded a penalty and

Geoghegan made no mistake with a comprehensive finish.  Geoghegan netted

again five minutes from time and was unlucky not to complete a hat-trick

of goals as she rattled a late drive against the St Conleth's crossbar.

Overall, this was a most impressive display from West Clare Gaels, who

had ten starters from the team that lined out in the 2007 junior

decider.  West Clare Gaels dominated proceedings but for St Conleth's,

Claire O'Connell enjoyed a fine game and finished with a personal tally

of seven points, including five frees.


Scorers for West Clare Gaels: K Geoghegan 2-1 (1-0 pen), N Lardner 1-2,

M Griffin 0-4 (3f), M Kelly & L Lynch 0-1 each.

Scorers for St Conleth's: C O'Connell 0-7 (5f), M Allen 0-1.